This hands-on course will provide you with an introductory insight into the basic principles of bricklaying.
You will try your hand at several bricklaying activities, from building pyramids and piers to aligning and pointing. After the six weeks, you will come away with the practical knowledge and confidence to complete your individual brickwork projects at home.
The course is open to all adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in DIY and saving money!
Working within a welcoming and relaxed group environment, our construction expert will provide in-time group demonstrations and tips before you proceed with each exercise.
We will cover everything from the importance of health and safety to the correct use of materials and tools for each task.
Example session outlines:
Introduction to the tools and mixing materials
Simple laying of bricks and pyramid corners
Laying bricks to align
Different types of bricklaying bonds
We will encourage you to discuss your household projects so they can be incorporated into our group exercises. Ad-hoc group discussions on more in-depth subjects will also be considered and agreed by group consensus.
Please contact our Learning for Leisure team should you have any questions concerning this.
There are no assessment criteria - just observe, have a go and enjoy!
If you have your own desired project or design, please feel free to discuss this with the course facilitator.
All materials will be included in the cost you pay.
Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing. You will be working within a practical environment so steel-capped safety shoes must be worn in the workshop at all times.
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• Introduction to Plastering
•.Home Carpentry and Joinery for Beginners
• DIY Home Skills for Beginners
• Plumbing Around the Home
Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level. His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations.
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category
Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final
I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.